Magic is mostly just how good you are with your hands. Here are three really easy magic tricks that you can pull with just a pen: making it disappear, making it appear out of nowhere, and making it look super small. Oscar Owen breaks down the techniques for each and they only involve super quick finger movements. The alternate angle reveals how easy it is.
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Unless you work at a startup that's trying desperately to be hip, adorning your desk with mountains of Star Wars toys probably isn't encouraged. But when you pay £1400 ($2872) for a fancy pen from S.T. Dupont Paris that just happens to look like a spaceship, you can display it wherever you want.
At the very tip of a ballpoint pen is, you guessed it, a ball that rolls around and basically stains the paper with ink. Imagine if you dipped your body in paint and then rolled around white carpet, that's basically how writing instruments works. Here's an incredibly up close angle of a ballpoint pen writing from NRK showing you just how it works. It looks pretty damn awesome.
It's really no surprise that the company that raised the vacuum from a lowly appliance to a lustworthy gadget puts a strong focus on design. But a recent visit to Dyson's US headquarters revealed that design ethos extends all the way down to the pens used around the office.
It's not like I totally judge people's handwriting (ok, I judge them a little) but it's just refreshing to see good penmanship in 2015 because it's so rare. We all just type on computers or phones and the most we write is two or three looping scribbles on a receipt. Here's a look at someone who doesn't just type and scribble though, in fact, he's a Master Penman.
This whole short, Ink by Ryan Couldrey, focuses on Tanja Tiziana and the journey of rediscovering the long lost (ok, not quite long lost but soon/almost/eventually) art of calligraphy and just handwriting in general. Though dripping in a little too much ink at times, it's always so nice to see someone write. The effect — hearing the scraping, seeing the ink flow — can almost be therapeutic.
The secret to a really effective desk toy is that it has to blend into your office. A pinball machine in the corner is just going to tell your manager you're probably not getting a lot of work done. But a pen/tablet stylus made of magnets opens up a whole new world of slacking off, with your boss being none-the-wiser.
Your finger works just fine as your body's built-in stylus, but sometimes — like when checking Twitter while eating wings — you'd rather not touch your screen with your filthy digits. It's those times when carrying a stylus is perfectly justified, and with the clever rubber StretchWrite, you can just use your favourite pen to poke away at your device's touchscreen.
If you've ever used a hot glue gun for a craft project, you already know how tricky and messy they can be to work with. And this is partly why the handful of 3D printing pens already on the market aren't the easiest tools to use. So maybe the CreoPop pen, which instead uses UV light to cure a liquid resin, might be a better solution.
They're not as awkward to transport as a piano or a cello, but guitars are far from being the easiest instrument to travel with. If air guitar never really satisfies your desire to play while away from your instrument, this pen-sized single-string playable guitar might be a better travelling companion.
Pininfarina is known for turning Ferraris and other exotic cars into even more impressive works of art, so it's a safe assumption that its new 4.EVER Pininfarina Cambiano writing instrument is going to cost a small fortune when available. But with an inkless design that never needs a new cartridge, it could eventually pay for itself — after a century of use.
Writing implements aren't going to be supplanted by touchscreen devices anytime soon. But that isn't stopping Bic from hedging its bets and ensuring its classic see-through plastic pens remain relevant. The company's new Cristal Stylus features a rubber tip on the bottom letting you jot notes on a touchscreen device, while the business end still features a ballpoint ink tip for writing on paper.
They're not designed for those with emphatic penmanship, but Porsche Design's lovely new Shake Pens will definitely appeal to those who like a perfect balance of form and function. Sure, the two designs might be a little on the chunky side, but that's easy to forgive, since they house a mechanism that allows their ballpoint tips to retract and extend with a simple shake of the wrist.
The rat race is a war fought on domestic soil, don't let anyone tell you otherwise. And those of you who bravely march into work every morning need to ensure you're properly equipped for your nine-to-five battle. A shiny pair of wingtips and a brown bag lunch will only get you to the front lines. For guaranteed victory you need more in your arsenal, like a fancy haircut, and Gerber's new Impromptu Tactical Pen.